Everything you need to know for the Canadian Grand Prix
"Montreal is a great city and there's always a brilliant atmosphere"
Our attempts to follow in the footsteps of Phileas Fogg and travel around the world in 80 days are well in motion, as we head straight from Azerbaijan to Canada.
And although we've been to Montreal on many an occasion before, it will feel like a new adventure after three years away from the land of maple syrup and motorsport.
Ahead of boarding the plane for the 8,924km trip across the Atlantic from Europe to North America through eight time zones, we wanted to ensure our fellow explorers were up to scratch for our next great quest. So, we've prepared you a fact file full of information, with help from Lando Norris, Daniel Ricciardo and Team Principal Andreas Seidl, detailing all the key information, the vital stats and what you should be watching out for.
|When||17 - 19 June|
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What they say
“I’m excited to be heading back to Canada. It will be my second time racing there so it’ll be great to get back on track in front of the Canadian fans. The 2019 race certainly didn't end the way I wanted it to, so I'm looking forward to getting back on track and giving it my all. I’ve done my prep on the sim and I feel up for the challenge in these new cars.
“Baku was difficult with the windy conditions, but it was important to get a double points finish for the team. We still have some work to do to get further up the grid, but I'm confident we will get there. We have a great team of people working at track and back at the factory to continually push us forward. Let’s keep looking ahead and hopefully grab some more points this weekend!”
"All of my favourite races seem to start with M, Melbourne, Monaco, Monza and, obviously, Montreal. I’m buzzing to be going back to Canada after a couple of years. Montreal is a great city and there’s always a brilliant atmosphere so I’m looking forward to soaking that all up and using it to keep pushing forward on track - it's always a fun one. I got my first win there back in 2014, so hopefully I can use some of that Canadian magic to get some more points for the team this time round.
“It was great to get back in the points in Baku after a tough few races. It was a difficult one, but the hard work and determination clearly paid off and I’m going to use this momentum we have going heading into part two of this double header. I’m excited.”
“We’re looking forward to going back to Canada after a two-year hiatus. The track is a favourite of lots of the drivers and it will be great to see the Canadian fans again, we felt an incredible amount of support there in 2019.
“It will be interesting to see how our cars perform on the track. It’s a fast circuit with a few chicanes and the infamous wall of champions, all of which allows for some good overtaking opportunities and hopefully an exciting race.
“It's important for the team to stay focused as we head into the second half of a double header so let’s keep pushing!”
What the stats say
We may not have been to Canada since 2019, but with our first Canadian Grand Prix win dating back to 1968 through Denny Hulme, there was no need to scrape the barrel for this week's statistical search.
There's been a further 12 wins since 1968, making us the most successful team in the event ahead of Ferrari, who have one fewer. Nine of our 13 wins have been at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which has hosted the Canadian GP since 1978.
The most recent of those was a decade ago, when Lewis Hamilton won from second, making it three wins in three years for the team at Canada. One of the most memorable races of recent times took place the year prior, with Jenson Button finishing first in a Canadian Grand Prix that lasted more than four hours.
With just one entry, which ended with an unfortunate retirement from eighth place in 2019, Lando's not got a whole lot of history in Canada, but he'll be hoping to keep up his current run of top 10 finishes, having scored points in Spain, Monaco and Azerbaijan.
Daniel, on the other hand, has nine Canadian GP starts, with his first-ever F1 victory coming at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve back in 2014 for Red Bull, which he followed up with a podium in 2017.
|Free Practice 1||14:00 local / 19:00 BST / 20:00 CEST|
|Free Practice 2||17:00 local / 22:00 BST / 23:00 CEST|
|Free Practice 3||13:00 local / 18:00 BST / 19:00 CEST|
|Qualifying||16:00 local / 21:00 BST / 22:00 CEST|
|Race||14:00 local / 19:00 BST / 20:00 CEST|
What to watch out for
With long straights and heavy braking zones, hopefully, plenty of overtaking. This can make the track physically demanding work, and, at times, even make it feel a tad fitful, but it's for good reason.
With plenty of opportunities to put your foot down on the open road, straight-line speed unsurprisingly counts for a lot, but it's not everything, as those who are the latest on the brakes and the strongest at the exit, can gain a lot. As can anyone lucky enough to pick up a tow.
But the main thing to keep an eye on in Canada is the Wall of Champions. Named in 1999 after Jacques Villeneuve, Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill all slammed into it, the menacing final chicane has retired the best of the best.
Arriving at the end of the lap, there's plenty of time to be won and lost in getting as close to the barrier as possible, but overcook it, and you'll join those three, as well as the likes of Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button in hitting the dreaded Wall of Champions.
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